Bully Wee Villa Posted February 24 Share Posted February 24 Pertwee part 2… Terror of the Autons – it’s a bit rubbish that Liz was written out off-screen, even Dodo got better than that. Still, Jo is likeable from the start, and the Brigadier’s character has been softened considerably since the last series. The most memorable part of this story, though, is the debut of The Master, and Delgado nails the part immediately. The story totally batters the line between plausible and silly several times, but I don’t care. The ridiculous killer doll is one of my favourite ever Doctor Who scenes, and you’d have to be an absolute wrong ‘un to not like this. 9/10 Mind of Evil – the central conceit of this is supposed to be the robot that turns people’s greatest fears against them. So if you’re scared of rats, you’ll imagine rats, and people will find your corpse covered in very non-imaginary bite marks. Lots of Doctor Who fans seem to find this ridiculous, but I’m happy enough with it. It’s more or less the same idea that led to about ten Nightmare on Elm Street films, when you think about it, and serves as an antithesis to the numerous “just concentrate really hard and it will disappear” cop-outs in the show. It is a bit silly that The Doctor seems to be scared of The Zarbi and Coquillian, admittedly. Still, the more interesting element of this story is The Master, who spends the time scheming in and around a prison. This is decent. 7/10 The Claws of Axos – and this is less than decent. I quite like the Axons’ gold eyes, but pretty much everything else looks bad. The floor monster that turns up at the end of one of the episodes is the worst creature in the show’s history, much worse than the deservedly-criticised dinosaurs from “Invasion of the Dinosaurs” and insect people from “The Web Planet” or the unfairly-maligned liquorice allsorts man from “The Happiness Patrol”. It is so clearly just somebody lying on the floor moving a blanket, absolutely pathetic. The plot isn’t too much better. The idea of the Axions having a substance that could make life easier for all of humanity is a reasonable plotpoint, but the same idea is done much better in “Black Panther” and the “South Park” episode with the “space cash” than it is here. At least the show, and The Doctor, seems to be on the right side of history here, which doesn’t always seem to be the case, by opposing the Brits’ petty nationalism in trying to keep everything for themselves. The story itself just peters out, though. There’s a scene featuring some bloke who looks like Alex Higgins fighting an evil lookalike of himself that seems to go on for about ten minutes. I couldn’t even remember who he was let alone give a toss if he won. Why not have Jo or The Doctor or even one of the UNIT people that we vaguely care about in that scene? This whole thing is just underwhelming. 4/10 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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